Rev. Stacey Rushing


Stacey grew up in Tucker, GA where she attended Tucker First UMC as a youth and graduated from Tucker High School. She went on to earn degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (BA in Religion) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Master of Divinity). In 2013, she was ordained as an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and appointed to serve University Heights UMC. Prior to being appointed to University Heights UMC, Stacey worked in publications at the Society of Biblical Literature and was an associate Pastor at Johns Creek UMC.

Stacey's passions in ministry include ministry in the context of community, missions and engaging new people in the life of faith.

Stacey shares her love for the church and call to ministry with her husband Dalton who is the pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church. They have two wonderful daughters, Emmaline (5) and Annie (2), who are a constant source of laughter and life lessons.


rev. candi dugas, d.min.

Pastor of Worship & Arts

A native of Atlanta (mostly Decatur), candi has served churches and other non-profits in a variety of roles in administration and operations for the past 15 years, including Impact Church, Ben Hill UMC and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families, Inc. She is also an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Gammon/ITC (M.Div.) and the University of Florida (B.S.) – GO GATORS!!! Passionate about faith, freedom and justice, she is also an ordained clergyperson with the Church Within A Church Movement. candi has an adult daughter, Jordan, and loves hanging out with family and friends, dancing and trying new things.


Corrie Alexander

Minister of Growth & Discipleship

Corrie is originally from Nashville, TN. She got her BS in Athletic Training from the University of Evansville in 2015. She is now a student at Candler School of Theology working on her Master's of Divinity. Most recently, Corrie was serving at University Heights UMC as their Minister to Children and Youth. Before moving to Atlanta, Corrie worked at Camp Horizon, in Arkansas City, KS as their Program Intern. She has spent 4 summers working with children and youth at Cedar Crest Camp in Dickson, TN and at Camp Horizon. Her interests include backpacking, playing the guitar, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.


Nora Harris

Financial Assistant

Nora grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She attended Emory University and graduated with Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA. Nora also works part time in the Finance Department of Oak Grove UMC. Nora, her husband, Jay, and their two sons live in the Oak Grove community and are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. In her spare time Nora enjoys playing golf with her family, gardening and reading.